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Dubai building project handovers delayed as 2012 fire safety rules enforced

Hundreds of Dubai projects have seen handover delays as authorities clamp down on fire safety rules, it has been reported.

New building codes that demand cladding panels with higher ratings are being sent to consultants and manufacturers of aluminium composite panels (ACPs).

But before the introduction of new rules in early 2017, the handover of existing projects that do not meet 2012 codes is being delayed, Zohaib Rahman, pision head of Danube Group’s Alucopanel Middle East business, told The National.

"The system requirement is from 2012," said Mr Rahman at the launch of the company’s new A2 ACP factory at Dubai Technopark. "The code was there, but many people were saying that they didn’t know. They [Civil Defence] are saying that if you don’t know, it doesn’t mean that the law is not existing."

The upgrade of the Alucopanel factory to produce A2 panels, due to open early in 2017, will cost AED100m ($27m). It will have a capacity to produce 4 million sq m of panels annually.

Sharjah’s Mulk Holdings is upgrading its Alubond USA plant, which will produce up to 6 million sq m of A2-rated panels.

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